Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Police Recover Stolen Vehicle after Crash
At 7:45 p.m. on May 10, 2017, the Chapel Hill Police Department investigated the theft of a vehicle on Nolen Lane in Chapel Hill. Officers located the stolen vehicle in the area of Southern Village. The driver, 49-year-old Chapel Hill resident Jimmy Ray Hardin, led officers on a short pursuit through the Southern Village neighborhood.
The vehicle Mr. Hardin was operating crashed into several vehicles at the intersection of Copperline Drive and Brookgreen Drive. Mr. Hardin was transported to a local medical facility shortly after the crash. Additional charges associated with this incident are pending.